Friday, December 18, 2009

Prickly Cataloging Issues in Realia Part One

These are from the Instructable website: they're called Antagonistic Books.  The first one is called Curiosity:

It can only be opened once, due to a rachet welded to the cover.  What a cataloging nightmare: once it's opened, it can never resume it's original shape, so do you catalog it with the unopened or opened dimensions? Probably opened, since I'd assume that is how it will spend the majority of it's time, unless it immediately got shunted to a closet an archive that no one looked in.  And it is our mission to prevent this, yes?

ANTAGONISTIC BOOKS: Curiosity - How To make a book that can only be opened once - More DIY How To Projects

The second one is called Danger: a book that sets itself on fire.  Now what physical dimensions would you use?  And where on earth would you shelve it???

ANTAGONISTIC BOOKS: Danger - How To make a book that sets itself on fire - More DIY How To Projects

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Interesting mention of this blog

QUICK T.S.: Bits and Pieces

My blog is for experienced catalogers? ! ? Cool!

Officially a Librarian

with a real degree and everything.

Friday, December 11, 2009

The Difference Between MARC and AACR2

Providing straight answers to some FAQs that lead people to my blog...

Quick and Dirty answer:

AACR2 is a way to write out information so people everywhere can understand what you are describing.
MARC is a way to write out information so you can transfer it to a computer database.

Read on, if you like!

AACR2 (Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd revision) is a standardized way to describe an item for categorizing and cataloging purposes.  You have a choice of words, and you use those so everyone else knows what you are talking about.  There is a standardized way of writing it with punctuation.  (I'm sure someone else could tell you why, probably for the same reason, so all catalog records look the same.)  AACR2 helps you figure out what you need to know about an item to describe and categorize it well enough so that other people can find it.  Finding things is very, very important.  I know that sounds like I'm oversimplifying it, you aren't an idiot.  But really: spelling and controlled vocabulary and access points (the first thing you type in to get you to that record) make or break our mission.  You follow the rules and then write it in the ISBD format (International Standard Book Description) An AACR2 record looks like this: 

Title proper = parallel title : other title information / first statement of responsibility ; each subsequent statement of responsibility. - Edition statement / statement of responsibility relating to the edition. - Place of publication : publisher, date of publication.-Pagination : illustration ; dimensions + accompanying material. - (Series)

Joe likes eggs = Jose se gusta los huevos : this is not a yolk / Ferdinand, Franz ; Norton, Edward. - Second edition / with introduction by The Egg Board of Alabama. - Hot Coffee : Chicken Printers Unlimited, 2009. -344 p. : ill. ; 30 cm. - (Alabaman Animal Product Propaganda Society Book Series)
Censorship rating : Material may not be suitable for vegetarians.
ISBN : 9780231676221
MARC21 is absolutely nothing like AACR2.  It's like HTML for catalog records.  It's a transfer format.  It's a computer language, but only for libraries. You stick certain information that you created using the AACR2 (or another set of rules) into these database-boxes (there are even MARC wizards, you just plug what you know in and poof!) and feed it to the computer and the computer spits out what was in your original record, but in a manner that other library computers can read.  Basically.

MARC is ONLY in libraries.  AACR2 is used in other places.  The old card catalog cards? The typewritten ones?  They didn't use MARC.

For me, MARC doesn't provide enough ways for me to create access points for realia records.  There's no author or publisher or edition when it comes to a blade of grass.  You have to stick it all in the 500s, the notes.

Our MARC record:
(lots of numbers and letters and ##s and stuff at the beginning usually generated by your computer program so you don't have to worry about it)
020##$a9780231676221 :$c$5.00
1001#Ferdinand, Franz.
1001#Norton, Edward.
24510$aJoe likes eggs = Jose se gusta los huevos : $bthis is not a yolk  
250##$a2nd edition / with introduction by The Egg Board of Alabama.
260##$aHot Coffee, AL:$bChicken Printers Unlimited,$c2009
300##$a344 p. :$bill. ; $c30 cm.
490##$aAlabaman Animal Product Propaganda Society Book Series.
500##Censorship rating : Material may not be suitable for vegetarians.

Keep in mind that only do library school students have to type this all out: a program will do it for you (for the most part) (unless you like this).
Recommended titles:
-Learn Descriptive Book Cataloging, Mary Mortimer. 
The AACR2 itself.  You can look at mine.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

CDWA record for a hiccup

Catalog Level: item
Type: physical activity
Terms: physical activity-hiccup
Title or Names
Text: A Hiccup
Preference: preferred
Type: descriptive
Creator description: Suzanne DeGrasse (American, contemporary)

Identity: DeGrasse, Suzanne
Role: Information Scientist

Statement: I drank too much soda pop.

Creation Date: October 27, 2009, 10:00:01-10:00:03
Earliest: 2009   Latest: 2009

Creation place/original location: Pocataligo, GA, United States, 612.26’02’758’152’05
Dimensions Description: 1 hiccup lasting .02 seconds

Unit: seconds
Type: time
Materials and Techniques
Description: hiccuping

Material Name: personalia
Technique Name: swallowing, inhaling, exhaling
Implement: larynx, diaphragm, lungs
Subject Matter
Indexing Terms: hiccup, hiccups,
Descriptive note
Text : A single hiccup issued forth suddenly by a haywire electrical impulse directed at the diaphragm
Current location
Repository Name/Geographic Location: not applicable

I FOAFed myself

Friend Of A Friend is like MARC21 for people.  I think if enough people FOAFed themselves we'd get a much better idea of how interconnected we all are.
Of course, we might not want to know.
I think we can combine FOAFing with library records and get some amazing results.
However, I do not know where to put my foaf.rdf so it's kind of useless.